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Southern households make way for new urban development

Update: June, 26/2014 - 09:02

HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 10,000 families in north-western HCM City are set to be relocated to make way for a modern ecological and urban area, according to the Cu Chi District People's Committee.

The Northwest Metropolitan Area (NMA)'s zoning plans envisage a total area of more than 9,000ha in Cu Chi and Hoc Mon districts that will be divided into nine zones.

Developers have already been identified for two of the zones - Berjaya International University in Hoc Mon and Tan Phu Trung Industrial Park in Cu Chi — while the remaining are looking for investors.

Speaking at a meeting on Thursday, Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy chairman of the Cu Chi People's Committee, said the 10,000 families live on a total area of nearly 2,000ha.

The NMA administration should have a roadmap to spell out which zones are to get priority in implementation and the time frames for it, he said.

It should also inform the affected residents about it so that they can feel secure about their future, he said.

Ho Van Dung Anh, deputy head of the Northwest Metropolitan Area Authority, said competent agencies should allow the conversion of agricultural lands in these residential areas into housing lands.

Of the 2,000ha occupied by the families to be moved out, around 80 per cent is already housing land.

When developers buy these lands, they have to pay compensation to the occupants in accordance with regulations, he said, possibly referring to the fact that housing lands fetch higher prices.

The Northwest Metropolitan Area Authority has urged the city administration to soon announce broad regulations for urban and architectural planning, based on which it could draft specific regulations for developing the NMA. — VNS

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